Ed & Sarah

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Ed Kim

Chair of Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics, Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System

Ed Kim grew up in Terre Haute, IN, son of an educator and an artist (David and Deborah). Growing up in the Midwest instilled in Ed strong family values and faith. While growing up, his main interests included all sports, art, and playing the violin. His inspiration to pursue a career in science and medicine was from the unexpected death of his brother, Donald, at age 12.

Ed attended the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He became interested in cancer medicine, and completed a fellowship in medical oncology. He began his career fighting cancer at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX where he was a tenured associate professor and specialized in lung and head and neck cancers. While in Houston, he met his wife Florence, an accomplished psychiatrist. They fell in love after playing tennis together and now have 2 wonderful kids, Elyssa and Alexander (ages 15 and 11) who enjoy singing and performing, and playing golf and tennis. In 2012, Dr. Kim was recruited as the Chair of Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics for the newly created Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System by Dr. Derek Raghavan, President of Levine Cancer Institute. He was greatly impressed with the vision of the cancer institute, the breadth of the Carolinas HealthCare System, as well as the surrounding community’s commitment to the institute. Dr. Kim is an international expert in lung cancer, leading and developing clinical trials, and now is committed to building Levine Cancer Institute into a world-class cancer program. Charlotte is now home for the Kim family. He feels honored to have been chosen to dance to help support clinical trial opportunities for patients battling cancer. He continues to draw inspiration from his patients, which fuels his desire to find a cure.

A few fun facts about Ed:

  • Favorite Movie: He loves superhero movies and anything with Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler
  • College Life: Dr. Kim was a cheerleader at Northwestern University
  • If he weren’t a doctor, he would be an: ESPN Sports Reporter
  • Favorite sports: Tennis, golf, Carolina Panthers football, and he has been a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan


  1. David & Elizabeth: $320,273.00
  2. Patty & Juwan: $301,121.00
  3. Gene & Sarah: $296,446.00
  4. John & Sarah: $175,299.00
  5. Jennifer & Drew: $119,194.00
  6. Kandi & James: $102,535.00
Total Raised: $1,314,868.00

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Sarah Hayes Harkins

Hometown: Waynesville, NC
Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 9

Sarah’s early training was in Asheville, NC, at the Asheville Center of Performing Arts, after which she attended North Carolina School of the Arts in the High School Program. She performed George Balanchine’s Serenade for theTribute to Melissa Hayden, and at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. In 2005, she performed with Ballet Adriatico in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. Sarah attended summer intensives with Miami City Ballet and Charlotte Ballet. She has performed in seven world premieres by choreographer Dwight Rhoden, and has also performed in works by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Jirí Bubenícek, Mark Diamond, David Ingram, Sasha Janes, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe and Jiri Kylian. Some of her favorite roles include, Choleric in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Grand Pas Classique, Cinderella, Tinker Bell, and the Grey Girl in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land.

A few fun facts about Sarah:

  • Dancing Since: Age 7
  • Why she dances: I dance because my body and spirit require it
  • Her average workout: An hour on the elliptical and a 90 minute hot yoga class
  • Biggest pet peeve: Don’t come into a revolving door with me. I need my own wedge

Cancer Research Innovations Fund at Carolinas HealthCare Foundation

The Cancer Research Innovations Fund at Carolinas HealthCare Foundation supports high-impact, patient-centered early phase research at the Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System. Despite advances in cancer treatments, many patients find themselves with limited options after standard therapies are unsuccessful. These patients may need access to new drugs that are still in development to fight their cancer. Early phase clinical trials are a hallmark of the Levine Cancer Institute. These trials test novel anti-cancer drugs and therapies at their earliest phase of development, in many instances, for the first time that they are tested in humans. Levine Cancer Institute has in a short period of time established one of the largest early phase clinical trial programs in the country. This program allows our patients early access to new, innovative drugs that have not yet been approved by the FDA and works toward personalizing therapy for each individual. Dr. Kim is dancing to support the Cancer Research Innovations Fund, to help develop better, safer, and more effective weapons in the fight against cancer.

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